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1:15 PM ET, March 21, 2023


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New York Times:
Fox News producer Abby Grossberg files two lawsuits accusing Fox's lawyers of coercing her to give misleading testimony and take the blame in the Dominion case  —  The producer, Abby Grossberg, said in a pair of lawsuits that the effort to place blame on her and Maria Bartiromo …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Fox claims hosts who repeated election lies acted as pundits with the leeway to express opinions while saying they're entitled to the same rights as journalists  —  The issue could cut both ways for Fox, which argues that hosts who aired false claims of election fraud acted as pundits …
Ashley Cullins / The Hollywood Reporter:
With a trial looming, some experts expect Fox News to settle the Dominion lawsuit as it weighs “how much risk” it wants to take and the money it has on hand  —  With dueling motions for summary judgment pending and a trial looming, lawyers watching the fight expect it to end …
The Daily Beast:
Fox News files a restraining order against Tucker Carlson producer Abby Grossberg, claiming she threatened to expose talks with Fox lawyers in the Dominion suit  —  This reporting is featured in this week's edition of Confider, the newsletter pulling back the curtain on the media.
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Fox losing the Dominion lawsuit could bring shareholder litigation, jeopardize Rupert Murdoch's control, hurt contract renewals with cable companies, and more
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Sources describe acrimony at Rolling Stone after the outlet broke the story about the FBI raiding James Gordon Meek's home without mentioning CSAM allegations  —  Warning: This story contains references to disturbing accusations and incidents of child sex abuse.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
An analysis of 105K+ variations of Upworthy headlines: negative words and sad words in headlines generate more clicks while words of joy and fear reduce clicks  —  Why is all the news so negative?  —  Maybe it's because journalists are naturally drawn to aberrations — outliers from the norm …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Ahead of Shou Zi Chew's testimony, TikTok confirms having 150M MAUs in the US, up from 100M in August 2020; in September 2021, TikTok reported 1B+ MAUs globally
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The Guardian and Mirror condemn the UK government for excluding The Guardian, Mirror, the BBC, i, and The Independent from the Home Secretary's trip to Rwanda  —  The Home Office said it is not always possible to invite all media outlets on every trip.  —  Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner …
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
After The Times and Sunday Times in Scotland merged, Sunday Times editor Ben Taylor says he was assured there are no plans to merge The Times and Sunday Times  —  The Scottish editions of the Times titles were merged into a seven-day operation last month.  —  New Sunday Times editor Ben Taylor …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
IFPI report: subscription audio streaming revenue grew 10.3% to $12.7B in 2022, with 589M subs at the end of the year; total streaming grew 11.5% to $17.5B  —  Global recorded-music revenue growth slowed down dramatically in 2022 but still was up 9% according to the year-end report …
Alex Ritman / The Hollywood Reporter:
The BFI unveils its new film fund: £36.6M for the development of feature films over three years and £17.4M for documentaries, shorts, and other content  —  Buoyed by the success of such films as ‘Aftersun’ and ‘Blue Jean,’ the British Film Institute is reaffirming its commitment …
Discussion: Variety, Deadline and Deadline
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Guinness World Records launches its first TV channel, available on Atmosphere in the US, with original shows like Guinness World Records: Gone Viral  —  EXCLUSIVE: Guinness World Records, the iconic British institution that has been running for nearly 70 years, has launched its first ever TV channel.
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
ITV's CEO was paid £3.54M in 2022, up 7% YoY, and staff got an average 3% annual raise; low earners will get 6%, high earners 4%, and all other staff 5% in 2023
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitch CEO Dan Clancy says the company plans to lay off 400 employees to “run our business sustainably” after user and revenue growth didn't match expectations
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Melanie Goodfellow / Deadline:
Saudi Arabia launches a $233M program offering financial support to local and international companies making films for the country's burgeoning cinema industry
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Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
NPR host Jesse Thorn's media company Maximum Fun plans to become a cooperative owned equally by its 16+ workers, a novel business model in the podcast industry
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Netflix plans to launch 40 games in 2023 and has a further 70 in development with its partners, after releasing 55 titles since adding games in November 2021
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
The New York Times and its union haven't reached a wages and benefits deal after 50+ bargaining sessions in two years, as veteran reporters call for a mediator

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Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says that co-founder Ilya Sutskever won't be a board member, but that the company is “discussing how he can continue his work at OpenAI”

Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to launch Threads in Europe in December, the largest expansion since its July debut, offering a choice of using Threads without a profile

Allison Johnson / The Verge:
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